At AIRO the team use ESRI mapping products such as ArcGIS, ArcGIS for Flex and ArcGIS for Server to manage and deliver many of our national and all-island public good mapping tools. For examples see our All-Island Atlas or National Census Viewers

Both the National Centre for GeoComputation (NCG) and the National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), parent institutions to AIRO, are part of an ESRI Development Centre and have a close working relationship with ESRI Ireland.

See the AIRO case study on the ESRI Ireland website here

Instant Atlas


InstantAtlas enables information analysts and researchers to create highly-interactive dynamic and profile reports that combine statistics and map data to improve data visualization, enhance communication, and engage people in more informed decision making.

 At AIRO, we use InstantAtlas as the technological solution for all of our local and regional authority census mapping toolkits. We feel it's an excellent solution for handling large sets of tabular data such as the census.

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QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) licensed under the GNU General Public License. QGIS is an official project of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo). It runs on Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, Windows and Android and supports numerous vector, raster, and database formats and functionalities.

QGIS provides a continuously growing number of capabilities through it's core functions and plugins. You can visualize, manage, edit, analyse data, and compose printable maps. It's a fantastic tool and completely free.

The team at AIRO use QGIS for most commercial GIS project we are involved in as well as using it as the primary software for delivering our Data for Decisions GIS workshops.


Data Visualisation

Tableau is an interactive data visualisation toolkit that quickly allows users to turn data into insight through graphing and mapping visualisations. It's founding mission is to make databases and spreadsheets understandable to ordinary people. 

AIRO are expert Tableau users and have delivered a series of products for clients in both Ireland and Europe. Check out some of our Tableau visualisation in our data archive (here) or specific project pages (here).

If you have data and want it structured in a much more useable and accessible format then please give us a call. We can find a solution for you.

To learn more about Tableau please visit their excellent website: